Rochester public libraries to close, will offer mobile hotspots in response to COVID-19

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Central Library and all Rochester Public Library branches are closed to the public until further notice.

“During this uncertain time, the libraries are adjusting services to best support our employees, their families and the library users,” a library spokesperson said in a statement.

Library staff will be available online and by phone at 585-428-7300 from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The library has added 500 mobile hotspots to enable access to the internet for families who may not have a connection at home. They are available for residents to borrow from the library.

Mobile hotspots and any other library material can be gathered via curbside pickup service. Residents can call ahead to request certain items to be check outed. Those items will be bundled and delivered to them on Broad Street side of Bausch and Lomb Library Building by appointment.

Anyone interested in borrowing library items should arrange for curbside pickup and call 585-428-7300.

Current borrowed materials will now be due on May 18, 2020. While The Broad Street book drop remains open, the libraries are encouraging users to keep all materials borrowed until notified otherwise. No new fines will be charged for checked-out material.

Access to ebooks, audiobooks, videos and music can be found here.

Physical hold expiration dates have been extended until further notice. All in-person events are suspended but some may be live streamed here.

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